trip

verb
\ ˈtrip \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b : to walk with light quick steps
4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking
5 : to make a journey
6a : to actuate a mechanism
b : to become operative
7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out
b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up
b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up
2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up
3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm
4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly
trip the light fantastic
: dance

trip

noun

Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey
b : a single round or tour on a business errand
2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip
3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip
4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling
5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
6 : error, misstep
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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Examples of trip in a Sentence

Verb

He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage.

Noun

They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Three plaintiffs were injured by tripping over scooters left in the right of way; two plaintiffs were injured while riding scooters, and two plaintiffs were injured when scooter riders crashed into them while walking. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Bird, Lime named in class-action lawsuit," 22 Oct. 2018 Companies are pressing for leniency in defining a service business, a higher percentage threshold and leeway in what happens to businesses that trip over that threshold. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "What’s a Service Business? That’s Now a Multibillion-Dollar Tax Question," 16 Oct. 2018 Think flashlight tag, but without the risk of tripping over a tree root or running into an actual raccoon. Armin Brott And Samantha Feuss, The Seattle Times, "5 new twists on classic board games," 24 Aug. 2018 Three years ago celebrities were tripping over themselves to appear the sexiest on Instagram. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Are Marriage and Babies the New Naked Selfie?," 27 July 2018 In the video, Shelton can be seen tripping over something on stage before taking a tumble. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Blake Shelton admits to drinking 'a lot' after falling on stage," 16 July 2018 In the months since then, the platform has earned a terrible reputation of coddling far-right users while tripping over themselves to punish others for lesser offenses. Luke Darby, GQ, "Tech Companies Asked the FBI for Help Fighting Fake News and the FBI Told Them No," 26 June 2018 Those kind of numbers mean broadcasters and digital companies are still tripping over themselves for a piece of the NFL’s action. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Want a boatload of easy money for your investment? Buy an NFL franchise," 15 May 2018 But a year in which the company promised to turn a corner saw Facebook repeatedly tripping over its shoelaces. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yusaku Maezawa is also slated to be SpaceX’s first tourist to pay for a trip around the moon. Hamza Shaban, The Seattle Times, "Japanese billionaire takes over top spot on Twitter after he offers prize money for retweets," 7 Jan. 2019 On October 29, 2000, the heavy lift vessel M/V Blue Marlin loaded the Cole aboard for the trip back to the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Militant Killed in U.S. Airstrike Was Wanted for USS Cole Bombing," 4 Jan. 2019 The cost for the trip was well into the seven figures, but who can put a price on personal transformation? Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 Photographed by fellow shoppers, the Duchess of Cambridge snapped up some goodies for the festive season, and was apparently accompanied by two of her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the shopping trip. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Did Some Last-Minute Christmas Shopping, & the Photos Are Adorable," 24 Dec. 2018 Taxpayers also had to foot the more than $66,000 bill for a Passover ski trip to Canada. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Are Spending Taxpayer Money on Security for Their Vacations," 14 Dec. 2018 If the car is clean, ride is safe and they are catered to with phone chargers, and music options, then $5 would be nice for a trip more than 5 to 10 miles. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "You're Probably Not Tipping Your Uber Driver Enough," 12 Dec. 2018 After a trip to Tanzania and Uganda left them particularly inspired, the duo opened The Little Market as an e-commerce shop in 2013. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Lauren Conrad And Hannah Skvarla Of The Little Market Are Changing The World," 11 Dec. 2018 Disney would’ve given them free Disneyland trips, right? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Dear America’ author Jose Antonio Vargas on Recode Decode," 24 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of trip

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip

Verb

Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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trip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall

: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall

: to dance or walk with light, quick steps

trip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey to a place

: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose

: the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)

trip

verb
\ ˈtrip \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble
2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.
3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.
4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch

trip

noun

Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe
2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist
3 : the action of releasing something mechanically
4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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